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Sound Mind Music Festival returns to Brooklyn for mental health awareness

Brooklyn, New York - The sixth annual Sound Mind Music Festival for Mental Health is set to return to Bushwick, Brooklyn, on Saturday, May 18, promising a day of vibrant performances and holistic wellness experiences aimed at raising awareness for mental health. Presented by Sound Mind Live, this free street festival on Jefferson Street between Irving Ave and Wyckoff Ave will feature a diverse lineup of musical acts, including MisterWives, Kevin Morby, Bailen, SHAED, and DJ White Shadow.


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The festival, starting at 12pm, will kick off with full sets from acclaimed artists such as singer-songwriter Kevin Moby, pop sensation MisterWives, alternative band Bailen, and pop trio SHAED. Attendees can also enjoy a dance party and DJ sets at House of Yes, alongside Sound Sessions - offering holistic mental health programming experiences including movement, yoga, mindfulness, and breathwork sessions. Food and drinks will be provided by the iconic New York institution Smorgasburg.


Notably, the festival will host a series of panels discussing various aspects of mental health, such as Mental Health in Communities of Color, Mental Health in the Music Industry, Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community, and The Importance of the Lived Experience. Panelists for these discussions will be announced in the coming weeks, to get additional updates, check out Sound Mind's website: https://www.soundmindlive.org/


Sound Mind Music Festival aims to raise funding for the Sound Mind Center, a music and wellness center dedicated to crafting transformative healing experiences through music and sound. The center will host workshops and programming focused on mental health during the day, while transforming into a vibrant hub with music showcases and concerts in the evening.


According to the Executive Director of Sound Mind Live, Chris Bullard, "Sound Mind Fest isn't just an event - it's a movement. We're bringing together a coalition of artists, influential organizations, and people from all walks of life to celebrate our shared humanity and foster community support."


In addition to the free elements of the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to make a donation for an elevated VIP experience, including a swag bag filled with special gifts. Donations of $150 or more will grant an invitation to the official afterparty at Elsewhere, featuring a performance by DJ White Shadow, who has produced for the legendary Lady Gaga.


The event is in partnership with over 10 musical artists, four local vendors, and over 20 mental health organizations, including National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and TransLifeline, among others. Sound Mind Music Festival is made possible with support from AbbVie, National Endowment of the Arts, New York Council of the Arts, Society of Valued Minds, Alkermes, and G4D Productions.


ABOUT SOUND MIND LIVE: Sound Mind Live is a non-profit organization that brings together musicians, music lovers, and forward-thinking organizations to foster community, open dialogue, and action around mental health through the power of music. Sound Mind events and programs create safe spaces where music and open conversations about mental health coexist through collaboration between artists, audiences, and mental health support organizations.


With a diverse lineup, engaging discussions, and holistic wellness activities, Sound Mind Music Festival promises to be an enriching experience for all attendees, promoting mental health awareness and fostering a sense of community and support.




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